The rise of dating violence

Susie: Since the high-profile case of Ingrid Lyne, the Seattle area mom who was found murdered after an online date, many sources in the media are linking online dating to increased violence against women. Dana: I have no reason to believe that domestic violence is happening at an increased rate since people started using online dating apps. Years ago I used to teach a "Domestic Violence 101" class to new DV Advocates that used the analogy of a first date to explain the timeline of an abusive relationship. And from there, I would begin to explain the theoretical nature of domestic violence; With the undeniable prevalence of new relationships starting on dating sites, (One-in-five 18- to 24-year olds now report using mobile dating apps- Pew Research) it's hard for me not to draw parallels between the increased timeline in a dangerous relationship and the increase of online dating.

I would say, "if your date showed up on your doorstep with a dozen roses and then promptly proceeded to punch you in the face, would you go out with him/her again? Susie: It's horrible to think that the very apps so many of us use to try to form connections with other human beings could also be contributing to increased violence against women.

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by Tina Hotton Mahony Prevalence of police-reported dating violence Victims of dating violence most likely to be female Differences in rates of dating violence between the sexes decline with age Increase in police-reported rates of dating violence Common assault most likely offence in dating violence Similar proportion of male and female victims of dating violence sustained injuries More than 4 in 10 incidents of dating violence occur in the victim's home Dating violence involving female victims more likely to lead to charges Homicides perpetrated in dating relationships Summary Methodology Detailed data tables References Notes According to results of the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY), approximately 71% of youth in Canada report being in a dating relationship by the age of 15.

Among those that have engaged in a dating relationship, 55% had their first dating relationship by the age of 12.

Although dating violence occurs at any stage of life, most of the Canadian research published to date has focused on high school, college or university students (Wekerle , 2009)(Straus, 2004)(De Keseredy & Kelly, 1993).

This report examines the prevalence and characteristics of incidents of police-reported dating violence in Canada.

Students learn to recognize the signs of abuse and are taught ways in which to safely end violent relationships.

Of the many hundreds who have attended our workshops, fully one-third have reported experiencing at least one incident of dating violence.

With the prevalence of sharing intimate photos, people may be offering their date additional tools for abusive harassment. People who become abusive in their relationships often start out as that perfect (too perfect! Online dating offers a platform to create a persona of perfection, including only the most flattering information. Is there a way that we as individuals can safely challenge these toxic cultural dating dynamics and help change the narrative?

Dana: As I said before, I'm not suggesting that online dating is creating more violence in relationships.

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